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Areas of Study | | HITT125 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Clinical Practicum I

Students are assigned to carry out routine functions in Health Information and related departments in a virtual laboratory setting. The purpose of the experience is to practice the skills learned in courses, to expose the student to functions performed in a professional setting, and to gain the entry level competencies required.

Completion of HITT101 with a grade of C or better.

This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Access the computer for patient number on lab and other specified data.
  2. Input data for the Master Plan Index (MPI) into the computerized data base.
  3. Issue patient numbers according to the system in said facility.
  4. Provide the needed information on patients, by telephone, according to the rules and regulations of the health care facility.
  5. Audit data base for errors.
  6. Ensure confidentiality of health information.
  7. Maintain security of computerized information.

Chart Analysis and Incomplete Charts:
  1. Review charts for deficiencies; paper and/or electronic.
  2. Perform incomplete chart analysis according to facilities’ policies and procedures and notify physicians of incomplete charts.
  3. Assist the physicians in the completion of their record.

  1. Identify method of admission and pre-admission.
  2. Accept patients for admission and do a pre-admission.
  3. Perform admission functions.

Release of Information Processing
  1. Log request in and validate authorizations/requests.
  2. Pull charts required for processing of insurance request.
  3. Complete forms from insurance or other agencies requesting information.
  4. Log out the requests meeting the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.
  5. Identify methods to meet the new HIPAA requirements in relation to Release of Information.
  6. Apply principles of confidentiality.

Coding (ICD-10-CM and CPT)
  1. Code and review diagnoses and procedures according to department requirements using International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
  2. Accurately abstract health records according to departmental procedures.
  3. Choose the correct principal diagnosis and correctly sequence all other diagnoses following American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Federal regulations.
  4. Choose the correct principal procedure, and correctly sequence all other procedures.
  5. Assign the correct Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) category for Medicare records utilizing an automated grouper.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to code outpatient procedures with Current Procedural Terminology - 4th Edition/The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (CPT-4/HCPCS).
  7. Identify process statistical data generated by the coding department.

File Room
Record Management
Chart Analysis
Chart Deficiencies/Doctor Incomplete Files (Health Information)
Release of Information Processing
Chart Preparation for Microfilming/Optical Disc
Vital Statistics

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Academic credit for each intern experience is equivalent to 96 hours.  The final grade is based on evidence of technical knowledge, decision-making ability, communication skills, initiative, punctuality, and completion of project assignments.  The students will also be graded on virtual lab activities when assigned to the Health Information Technology (HIT) lab. The students will complete a written report based on their activities in the healthcare facility. The students must meet minimal competencies in order to pass the course.

90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
59 & below = F

NOTE: Must receive C or better to pass.

This course addresses the following domains of knowledge identified by the American Health Information Management Association as indicators of entry-level competency for Health Information Technology. See the student handbook for a complete list of domains and subdomains.

Domain I. Data Content Structure and Standards
  Subdomain I.A. Classification Systems

  1. Apply diagnosis/procedure codes according to current guidelines
  2. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic and procedural coding
  3. Apply diagnostic and procedural groupings
  4. n/a

 Subdomain I.B. Health Record Content and Documentation

  1. Analyze the documentation in the health record to ensure it supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient's progress, clinical findings, and discharge status
  2. Verify the documentation in the health record is timely, complete, and accurate
  3. Identify a complete health record according to organizational policies, external regulations and standards
  4. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines, to support documentation requirements, throughout the continuum of healthcare
 Subdomain I.C. Data Governance
  1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data
  Subdomain I.D. Data Management
  1. Collect and maintain health data
  2. Apply graphical tools for data presentations
 Subdomain I.E. Secondary Data Sources
  1. Identify and use secondary data presentations
  2. n/a

Domain II. Information Protection: Access, Disclosures, Archival, Privacy & Security
  Subdomain II.A Health Law

  1. n/a
  2. Identify the use of legal documents
  Subdomain II.B Data Privacy, Confidentiality & Security
  1. Apply confidentiality, privacy and security measures, policies and procedures for internal and external use and exchange to protect electronic health information
  2. n/a
  3. Apply system security policies according to departmental and organizational data/information standards
  Subdomain II.C Release of Information
  1. Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information

Domain III. Informatics, Analytics and Data Use
  Subdomain III.A. Health Information Technologies

  1. Utilize software in the completion of HIM processes
  2. Explain policies and procedures of networks, including intranet and Internet to facilitate clinical and administrative applications
  Subdomain III.B. Information Management Strategic Planning
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.C. Analytics and Decision Support
  1. n/a
  2. Apply report generation technologies to facilitate decision-making
  Subdomain III.D. Healthcare Statistics
  1. n/a
  2. Analyze data to identify trends
  Subdomain III.E. Healthcare Statistics
  1. n/a
  Subdomain III.F. Consumer Informatics
  1. Explain usability and accessibility of health information by patients, including current trends and future challenges
  Subdomain III.G. Health Information Exchange
  1. Explain current trends and future challenges in health information exchange
  Subdomain III.H. Information Integrity and Data Quality
  1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data both internal and external to the health system

Domain IV. Revenue Management
  Subdomain IV.A. Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement

  1. Apply policies and procedures for the use of data required in healthcare reimbursement
  2. Evaluate the revenue cycle management processes

Domain V. Compliance
  Subdomain V.A. Regulatory

  1. Analyze policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain V.B. Coding
  1. Analyze current regulations and established guidelines in clinical classification systems
  2. Determine accuracy of computer assisted coding assignment and recommend corrective action
  Subdomain V.C. Fraud Surveillance
  1. n/a
  Subdomain V.D. Clinical Documentation Improvement
  1. Identify discrepancies between supporting documentation and coded data
  2. Develop appropriate physician queries to resolve data and coding discrepancies

Domain VI. Leadership
  Subdomain VI.A. Leadership Roles

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.B. Change Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.C. Work Design and Process Improvement
  1. Utilize tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve processes
  2. Identify cost-saving and efficient means of achieving work processes and goals
  3. Utilize data for facility-wide outcomes reporting for quality management and performance improvement
  Subdomain VI.D. Human Resources Management
  1. Report staffing levels and productivity standars for health information functions
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.E. Training and Development
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain VI.F. Strategic and Organizational Management
  1. Summarize a collection methodology for data to guide strategic and organization management
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  5. n/a
  Subdomain VI.G. Financial Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.H. Ethics
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  Subdomain VI.I. Project Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.J. Vendor/Contract Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.K. Enterprise Information Management
  1. n/a

Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

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